Darin who knows first aid would never have put a wet towel on the children. Wet towels don't stop bleeding, only pressure on the wounds. She knew enough to hold a dry towel to her own neck though didn't she? She wasn't going to try and save the children.
2. That is absolutely not true. There is no unsourced blood anywhere especially on her nightshirt. Her boys blood is on the nightshirt in cast-off patterns. NOr is there blood on a nightshirt she wasn't wearing.
3. No one knows why the sock was put in the alley except Darlie and maybe Darin.
[/QUOTE]I've often wondered if Darlie had been, not planning necessarily, but having thoughts of doing this, before that night. Then the stressors and events of the day plus the diet meds were the straw that broke the camel's back.
Actually, there were five stains on the sock. Three are pure Devon, and two are Devon/Damon mix. Darlie's dna is in the toe of the sock from shed skin cells.
The sock tells me that Devon's blood mingled with Damon's causing the two mixed stains. This proves to me that the same knife was used to kill both boys.
Found it interesting so brought this link over from the other forum below. Thanks to Vhead for the link:
[ame="http://www.websleuths.com/forums/showthread.php?t=174831"]Interesting Synopsis On Darlie's Character - Websleuths Crime Sleuthing Community[/ame]
I wondered about premeditation also. To think up running down an alley before bleeding from the neck is not likely on the spur of the moment. Probably a way to explain lack of intruder fingerprints on the knife.
With all due respect, the treatment of that type of injury, assuming it was bites, would not be comparable to the treatment of deep stab wounds. In the latter, firm, steady pressure applied to the wound would be required to stop the bleeding. "Wet" just isn't in the equation, unless one is cleaning, instead of trying to stop the bleeding. In fact cleaning should be the farthest thing from the rescuers mind at that point, all they should be concerned with is stopping or slowing down the bleeding with the goal being to save the victim's life. Not only is this standard protocol, it is very common knowledge in our society, even among laymen, and AFAIK that would include Darlie.
I have to assume you did what was appropriate in your sons situation, which indicates to me that your sons wounds from dog bites would have been considered shallow in comparison to the deep, vital organ penetrating wounds that were inflicted on Damon and Devon.
Another point, just think about all the time it took for Darlie to bother wetting towels, repeatedly IIRC, compared to the time it would have taken for her to just get the dry towels and press them and hold them on Damon's wounds. It's pretty obvious to me that she was not only cleaning but wasting precious time, just waiting for her son to die.
I've never gotten clear idea of whether wet towels with staunched blood were actually found?
What is 'staunched' blood? I honestly don't know and have never heard of it. TIA
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It's interesting to note that neither Darlie or Darin said to police in their original statements that Darlie was wetting towels at the sink. This was only said after Darlie noticed the police removed the sink from the house. Here's a link to the court testimony with a picture of the 2 kitchen towels in the hallway. http://darliefacts.com/case-background/the-towels/
Certainly no child's parents would do that either.
In panic mode, no one is going to stop to reason out whether a wet towel or dry towel would be the better choice.
Even if not in panic mode, why would anyone think a wet towel would be a better choice to compress a very bloody wound?
Most people would grab anything nearby as fast they could and get it to the child's body as fast as they could. A tablecloth, their own shirt, folded laundry, anything.
When this happened, my first inkling that this was not an outsider was when Darlie claimed he killed the boys and then her. If someone breaks into a house unarmed and people are sleeping in the living room, most likely they are going to slip back out since this isn't the expected scenario. If they decide to go ahead with it, they are going to decommission the person that will be the most risk to them, which would have been Darlie. They would have put their hand over her mouth and then slit her throat from ear to ear. Then they might have taken out the kids. No way they would have killed the kids first with a mother sleeping there to awake and scream her lungs out or possibly attack them.